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Koemans leads All-CIF group

Soccer: Pair of Tologs, two Rebels grab division's top accolades for girls' soccer.

March 20, 2012|By Grant Gordon

While much of the story this season for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy girls' soccer unfortunately centered around injuries and missing players, it very much also showcased the talents and leadership of two of its seniors and Breeana Koemans and Katelyn Almeida were recognized for those contributions on Monday afternoon with the release of the All-CIF girls' soccer teams.

Koemans was an All-CIF Division I first-team selection, while Almeida was a third-team honoree. They were joined by the Flintridge Prep defensive duo of Whitney Cohen and Abby Letts, who, like the Tologs, saw their seasons end abruptly in the first round of the playoffs, but their talents stood out enough to grab first- and third-team honors in Division III, respectively.

La Cañada also had four players make All-CIF Division VI after advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals with a 13-3-4 record.

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Talia Saleh headlined the quartet, taking home first-team honors for the Spartans, who also had Natalie Ragusa selected to the second team and Haley Austin and Megan Decker chosen for the third team.

"It's a great honor," said Koemans, who tallied 15 goals and 12 assists during a season in which the Tologs finished second in the Mission League and fell in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs to Capistrano Valley in overtime. "I'm very happy."

It was Koemans' second All-CIF nod, as she gained her first after a standout sophomore season.

"She really got back to the level that she showed as a sophomore," said Tologs co-Coach Frank Pace, noting that an ankle injury at the beginning of Koemans' junior year hindered her last season. "Her skills are obvious. She's just a dynamite player. She's a real soccer player. She can create, she can finish. She can beat you from the outside, she can beat your from the inside. She's got the heart of a lion. The kid's just a champ.

"She scored big goals in big games. The kid scores goals against everybody."

Koemans also stepped up her role as a leader, as did Almeida, with the Tolog tandem leading a team that had a slew of new faces after a rash of injuries and club commitments offered up different starting lineups nearly every game.

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